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Santa Monica looks like the winner in Broad Museum location search

January 10, 2010 |  6:20 am
The Santa Monica City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on an "agreement in principle" that could hasten Eli Broad's plan to create a museum next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to house his 2,000-piece contemporary art collection.

City Manager P. Lamont Ewell has recommended approval of the preliminary pact, which spells out both sides' basic obligations but doesn't constitute a final go-ahead.

That would have to await reviews of the final design of the $40- to $60-million building and its environmental impact on the surrounding Civic Center area.

Santa Monica wants to be reimbursed for any money it spends on preparations for the project if the museum is built elsewhere. Broad's art, science and education foundations are willing to meet that condition.

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--Mike Boehm